Introducing our new family member, a super lovable American Staffordshire Terrier mix. Her mother was possibly part Black Lab but compared with AKC requirements, she is darn close to being “purebred.”

1 yr old Artemis.

The Staffordshire Terrier is a breed of dog registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1936.

Clever, Brave, Tenacious

  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 80 of 191
  • Height: 14-16 inches
  • Weight: 28-38 pounds (male), 24-34 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years

The ancestry of the American Staffordshire Terrier, or “Staffie” includes breeds such as the British Staffordshire Bull Terrier, bulldogs and mastiffs. Sadly they were used for bearbaiting which led to the fear many people have of them today.

Staffordshire Terrier with a ball
Dis my ball!

When bred in America, Staffordshire Terriers were bred for hunting rodents and small game. The breed is strong and courageous. They reached a peak of popularity in the first half of the 20th century.

“Our Gang”

“Pete” famously appeared in the Our Gang comedies, and the breed personified the all-American pet.

Pete the Our Gang dog poses in Atlantic City
Pete the Our Gang dog poses in Atlantic City

“Staffies” are affectionate, loyal, and good with children, making them an outstanding family pet.

May 2, 2020 Coming home! She’s been at my daughter’s this whole past month!

About our Lovable Pitbull

As of this writing, Artemis is 1 year old and already exceeds the height and weight guidelines of the AKC. 🙂 This goes towards her being a mix but with what? She stands at 18 inches and weighs 53 pounds. She packs a lot of dog into a pint-sized container!

Sweet Dog

Hard-boiled Combatant

I like that Artemis resembles the pugnacious brawlers who once ruled England’s fighting pits but she is a sweet-natured and family-oriented. It’s uncanny how patient she is with my 3 young grandchildren and my sweet daughter who dress her up!

Twins?

Staffordshire Bull Terrier
American Staffordshire Terrier
Close up photo of Pitt Bull puppy
Artemis! 10 months. So cute.

We named Artemis after the Greek God Artemis. It seemed fitting as she is the goddess of the hunt and is one of the most respected of all the ancient Greek deities. She was the daughter of Zeus, king of the gods, and the Titaness Leto and she has a twin brother, the god Apollo.

Not only was Artemis the goddess of the hunt, but she was also known as the goddess of wild animals, wilderness, childbirth, and virginity. In addition, she was the protector of young children which is meaningful for us because we have 3 young grandchildren.

In literature and art, she was depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrow.

Statue of Greek Goddess Artemis
Statue of Greek Goddess Artemis
Greek Goddess Artemis drawn as a dog
Greek Goddess Artemis drawn as a dog!

More information on American Staffordshire Terriers can be found on the American Kennel Club website:
https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/staffordshire-bull-terrier/

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